Robert "Superman" Garth Looking To End Career With A Bang
Green Bay Blizzard wide receiver and linebacker Robert "Superman" Garth is preparing to announce his retirement at the Blizzard's final regular season home game this Friday. Garth's first game with the Blizzard was in 2003 and right from the start he lead the team in receptions, touchdowns all while finishing third on the team in tackles demonstrating his "Ironman" playmaking abilities by making a difference on both sides of the ball.
Fast forward to the present, Garth currently holds the Blizzard career records for receptions (276), receiving yards (3,784), receiving touchdowns (89) and scoring (614). During his time here, single season records were also set after Garth scored 178 points and 26 touchdowns in a single season.
At the beginning of this season the arenafootball2 (af2) league office released the "Top 10 af2 Ironman of All-Time" and placed Garth in the number 10 slot, which also happens to be his favorite and current jersey number, #10.
After setting so many records and playing in so many big games for the Blizzard, Garth had a hard time picking his best memories while playing in Green Bay but confidently decided that, "The ArenaCup championship game in Puerto Rico is the best experience I've ever had." Being a part of a team that has successful seasons year after year and makes the playoffs almost every year, is a unique experience to be a part of. He really appreciated working with the coaches, players, and fans while working to keep the Blizzard a solid, successful program.
While mentioning the fans Garth made it clear that the Green Bay fans are top-notch, saying "My time here has been great, played with great players, did a lot of great things, been coached by some great coaches and the Blizzard fans are the best fans I have ever experienced." Garth has always been a fan favorite on and off the field after a lot of time in the community coaching at local high schools and working at the Boys and Girls Club in Green Bay.
Blizzard head coach Bob Landsee believes Garth's time here in Green Bay was a great relationship for the Blizzard to be a part of and said, "Garth has been a valuable component of our franchise for many years, and we are going to miss not having him around the team but wish him the best of luck with his future after playing the Blizzard."
Blizzard former head coach and team owner Brian Noble has a strong relationship with Garth and believes Garth's time is a little bittersweet, "It has been a blessing but also a little sad, Garth has played many years in the af2 but I always felt he was better than the Blizzard and the af2." By having 4 daughters and no sons Noble felt that while coaching the Blizzard Garth became the "Son I've always wanted." Building a relationship with a player like this is hard in the af2 because players generally play with a team for less than one season then move on to other teams or other leagues.
Looking forward, the Blizzard have a big game this Friday at the Resch Center against the Milwaukee Iron and then go on the road to face the Mahoning Valley Thunder to finish off the regular season moving into the playoffs. Garth is looking forward to these last couple weeks of the season saying, "I am feeling good about the team right now and I am hoping to end my career the right way, with a championship in Las Vegas."
Come out Friday and watch Garth play his final regular season game in Green Bay as the Blizzard look to build momentum before the playoffs.
For more information, please call the Blizzard office at 920-405-1264.
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